For the young and the young at heart, children's books have the power to delight, amaze and educate. The best stories are enduring classics that continue to teach lessons, inspire imaginations, and put smiles on faces of children, parents, and book lovers alike. Rediscover your inner child and explore some of the many magical, collectible children's titles available on AbeBooks.
Sendak was born in New York in 1928 and grew up in Brooklyn, the son of Jewish immigrants. Published in 1964, the award-winning Where the Wild Things Are explores childhood and the child's response to anger. Sendak considers it to be the first volume of a trilogy exploring such responses.
In the book, Max is sent to bed without supper and imagines sailing away to the land of Wild Things, where he is made king.
Harper and Row, New York, 1963. Book Condition: Near Fine +. Near Fine +. Oblong 4to. An absolutely brilliant
copy of the First Edition in the First Issue dust jacket without the Caldecott
Award or later state blurbs, changed for the second issue jacket. With the
original $3.50 price unclipped on the front flap. A truly collectible copy in a
very bright jacket. Signed by author.
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Ludwig Bemelmans was a painter, illustrator, and writer for both children and adults. The Madeline books are among the most honored children's books of all time. He died in 1962 after completing his sixth Madeline story, Madeline's Christmas. In Madeline and the Bad Hat, the Spanish Ambassador has moved next door, and Madeline knows right away that his son, Pepito, is bad news. He's mean to animals! Then one day Pepito goes too far—will a run-in with an angry cat be enough to reform this bad hat?
New York. Viking Press. 12-1956. Limited, autographed edition., 1956. Illustrated throughout in full color and two color, full color endpapers, 54 pp, 12 1/2 x 9 inches, color pictorial green cloth-covered boards (hardbound) in red slipcase. Fine condition in slipcase that is rubbed and cracked along three joins with a very small old price sticker.
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Louis Wain (1860-1939) was an English artist who was best known for his drawings of cats. Unfortunately he also became a psychology book fixture as his cat illustrations often reflected his fluctuating state of mental health.
A very scarce and wonderfully illustrated Louis Wain book. There is a full page full colour illustration for each of the 26 letters of the alphabet, plus 6 full page illustrations each accompanied with a rhyme, plus another full page illustration as one of the prelims. Colours of all illustrations are bright, fresh and clear. Original decorated front and rear end papers.
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Pullman, best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy, turns to the tradition of the fairy tale in I Was a Rat! He says, "The nicest thing about this book is when grown-ups tell me they've been reading
it with a child and suddenly, at the same time, they both realise what other
story it's connected to." In this story, a little boy turns life in London upside down when he appears at the house of a
lonely old couple and insists he was a rat.
London: Doubleday, 1999. Signed. A stunning copy of this key Pullman title and much-loved masterwork. Superior and very fine throughout in the original pictorial boards, as issued. With illustrations by Peter Bailey.
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This book, co-written with Philip Ardagh, was McCartney's first foray into children's book writing. Forced to leave his woodland home, Wirral the squirrel vows to find the fabled land of Animalia, where all the animals are said to live in freedom and without fear. Aided and abetted by friends, Wirral's personal quest turns into a full-blown plan to save enslaved animals Everywhere - a plan fraught with danger.
Signed by Paul McCartney on 14th
December 2005 at Waterstones in Piccadilly, London. A very limited number of books
were signed in 85 minutes, one per person. He was in good spirits and shook hands with fans before leaving
surrounded by his security guards for a filming appointment.
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Julie Andrews Edwards
Julie Andrews Edwards is best known for her roles as Mary Poppins and Maria von Trapp, but she is also an accomplished children's book author. Her first effort, Mandy, which tells the tale of a ten-year-old orphaned girl who dreams of a home of her own, was published in 1971 and has earned widespread praise.
First edition. Illustrated by Judith Gwyn Brown. Small quarto. Pictorial boards. Small, juvenile name front fly, else fine in near fine dustwrapper with rubbing, a few short tears, and a tiny nick, all on the front panel. The first children's book by Julie Andrews, published under her married name.
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First published in 1965 and due to become a major motion picture, Doris Burns' classic tale centres on Andrew Henry, an inventor who escapes to an idyllic meadow, where he builds a utopia in the trees. There he becomes a reluctant hero who leads a band of fellow outcasts on a mission to awaken their families before it's too late.
Burns' son, Mark, inspired the story while they lived on Waldron Island in Washington State.
Coward-McCann, Inc., New York, 1965. Hard cover. Book condition: Near fine. No
jacket. Doris Burn (illustrator). First edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Weekly Reader Children's book club release. Green cloth covers w/b&w illustrations, unpaginated (50 pages), with remarkably intricate b&w illustrations throughout.
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The first book (published in 1937) from the world's best-selling children's author. As little Marco describes the horse and wagon he saw on Mulberry Street, they are transformed into an elephant and a band wagon with a retinue of police. "A fresh, inspiring picture-story book with an appeal to the child's imagination." Horn Book
New York: The Vanguard Press, 1937. First edition of Seuss's first book, with
all the correct issue points, signed by Seuss. Original white cloth backstrip
over boards. Dust jacket. Inscription reads "Cordially - Dr. Seuss" on front free endpaper. Previous owner's contemporary inscription below dated 1938.
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Luther Daniels Bradley
Recommended by Aleph-Bet Books, Pound Ridge, NY.
A rare American fantasy, this is the story is a dream trip taken by a little boy and girl (based on Bradley's niece). They slip out at night in a flying canoe guided by an Indian who takes them to a quiet land of peace and harmony. In Image and Maker, Helen Borgens notes, "Our Indians is a personal dream vision...Bradley depicted the Indians as expressing the qualities inherant in all human beings..." yet he juxtaposed this realism with absurd images of Indians serving tea in china cups or performing a vaudeville act with band instruments to celebrate a victory. It is the combination of real and surreal that gives this book its unique quality.
NY:Dutton 1899. Oblong large 4to, cl. backed pictorial boards, edges lightly rubbed light wear to front endpaper else a near fine, tight clean copy of this rare book. Featuring striking full page chromolithographs (16 full page and 5 double page) by Bradley as well. Altogether a wonderful book and the only copy available on AbeBooks.
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Jessie Wilcox Smith
Recommended by Aleph-Bet Books, Pound Ridge, NY.
Jessie Wilcox Smith is best known for painting the covers of Good Housekeeping magazine for more than 15 years, influencing children's wear choices for an entire generation. She painted extensively and illustrated books, with children often as the subject. This is perhaps the rarest Smith book, with pictorial endpapers, 6 beautiful large color plates plus smaller illustrations in orange all throughout the text.
NY:Duffield 1915 (1915). Sq. 4to, cl. backed pict. bds, slightest of soil, Fine. 1st ed. of this large picture book, similar in size and format to the Bedtime Book and Rhymes of Real Children. The rarest of all of
her titles, this is the only copy available on AbeBooks.
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